An influence from my grandpa (the one who used to say my great aunt was 'like a tree in the desert’) is my love of old cowboy music and old western stuff in general. He lived in cowboy boots, bolo ties, and Stetson hats that he would travel out of state to purchase. One of his favorite bands was The Reinsmen (pictured above) who he used to see when he and my grandma would make the trek down to Death Valley Days from where they lived in Southern California. I am lucky enough to have a few of their albums which belonged to my grandpa. I also have an amazing photo of my grandpa with the band, probably from sometime in the 1980s. His family may have been from Norway and may have come from Minnesota but he sure took to the west once his family moved here in 1932!
At the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Used this shot of Gene Autry as inspiration for the tattoo
dedicated to my Grandpa on my arm.
Tattoo by Chummy at Tattoo 13 in Oakland. He added my
Grandpa's Stetson and made him a blonde, blue eyed Norwegian cowboy!
Grandpa T (center) with The Reinsmen!
My Grandpa's records